Blake Smalley named Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Opelika High School

Opelika, AL—Blake Smalley has been named the new Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Opelika High  School. “I’m extremely excited to be back with the Opelika City Schools as the head girls’ basketball coach at  OHS. It is a great opportunity to build on the successful program Coach Devin Booth has already established,”  said Smalley.  

Coach Smalley has been the head varsity boys’ basketball coach at Handley High School since 2016.  While at Handley, he also served as the head track coach and as an assistant football coach from 2016-2018.  Prior to teaching and coaching at Handley High School, Smalley taught at Opelika Middle School and was the  head coach for the OMS 8th grade basketball team from 2013-2016. “Opelika High School welcomes Coach  Smalley as our head girls’ basketball coach. He has a proven record of making positive differences in students’  lives,” stated OHS Principal Farrell Seymore. “As a veteran teacher and coach, he will build on the rich  basketball tradition at Opelika High School.”  

Coach Smalley is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. He  is married to Megan Smalley and they have three children, twin boys who are almost 4 and one 10-month-old son.  7/27/21 Picture and release was from Opelika City Schools.

Former Opelika Coaches News

Congratulations to a couple of coaches that have been at Opelika High school in the past. Both have moved this year as Coach Brian Blackmon has moved from Troy to UCF and Coach Caleb Ross is moving from Prattville to Troy. Good Luck to you both.
Pictured: Left to Right: Coach Blackmon, Deandra Butler, Caleb Ross

Deandre Butler Signs with Jax State Coach Blackmon & Coach Caleb Ross 2/7/18 National Signing Day

OHS Seniors Sign Scholarships

2021/02/03 Nine Opelika High School seniors sign scholarship today.

Football Scholarships:

  • Anthony Martin – Dodge City (KS) Community College
  • Tre’Von Moore – Dodge City (KS) Community College
  • Tori Roberts – Dodge City (KS) Community College
  • Ty Robinson – Dodge City (KS) Community College
  • Ja’Ki Stephens – Faulkner University
  • Eric Thomas – Dodge City (KS) Community College
  • Erick Watts – Itawamba (MS) Community College

Basketball Scholarships:

  • Kaitlyn Bryant – Chipola College
  • LaDajah Huguley – Chipola College

Congratulations to these fine athletes:

2021-02-03 Girls Basketball Seniors Sign Scholarships
2021-02-03 OHS Football Seniors Sign Scholarships

Opelika Wrestling 2-0 on Senior Night

Coach Jim Davis’s recap of the night:

Tonight we hosted the Prattville Lions and Reeltown Rebels in the friendly confines of MainStreet Gym here on the Beautiful Opelika High School campus.
Tonight was Senior Night so Coach Davis implored all the Dawgs to give their absolute best efforts so our lone Senior, Adam Phillips, would have a great memory of his last time to wrestle in MainStreet and the Dawgs responded. 
Our first duel was against the Lions who were a few men short in their lineup therefore we had only 8 real matches and received 24 points in forfeits from the Lions. The Dawgs still won 6 of the 8 matches and took a 60-12 victory to the locker room while we waited on Prattville and Reeltown to wrestle. 
In our second Dual, we faced off against the Reeltown Rebels. The Rebels also came in a few men short of a full lineup and ended up giving us 36 points in forfeits, but of the 6 matches wrestled, our Dawgs put the whooping on the Rebels shutting them out 69-0. 
The 2-0 night brings our season record to 10-12 with only three matches left in the regular season. We travel to Auburn Thursday night to face the talented Tigers, a strong Homewood Patriots bunch, and the very tough Russell County Warriors squad. After Thursday’s quad match, our regular season comes to a close and we will begin preparing for the AHSAA State  Traditional Championship Tournament. 
Tonights top individual performances:

  • 195 # Jack Pritchard was 2-0 with a pin and an injury default win scoring 12 points
  • 120# Brayden Wilson was 2-0 scoring 12 points
  • 152# Keon Brazier was 2-0 scoring 12 team points with 2 pins
  • 106# Derrick Hoyett was 2-0 scoring 9 points with 1 pin
  • 113# Pedro Cabrera had 1 pin and scored 12 team points
  • 182# Ari Brogdon finished with 12 points and a pin
  • Honored Senior 138# Adam Phillips was 2-0 with 12 points and 1 pin. 
  • 145# Logan Sheridan scored a pin and 12 points
  • 220# Jaylin Thomas scored 6 points
  • 220# Maleik Simpson scored 6 points with a pin while wrestling up in the Heavyweight class
  • 195# McKenzie Felder was 1-0 with a pin and 6 points
  • 182# Calvin Fenn scored 6 points 
  • 170# Teotl Heredia scored 6 points

It was good mat time for all the Dawgs this evening. Hope to see you as many of you rabid Dawgs fans in Auburn as physical distancing and Covid restrictions will allow. 
Go Dawgs!!!!
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photoJim Davis
US/World History Teacher/Head Wrestling Coach/Asst Football Coach

Opelika Boys Basketball Heart Breaker

In a hard played game, Opelika fell short in the last seconds of the game. With 11 seconds on the clock with Opelika trailing 63 to 66 against Eufaula, Jayden Cooper got the ball and pulled up and hit a 3 pointer. Eufaula ran down the court and throw the ball up from the right side over 3 Opelika defenders. The ball bounced around the goal and fell in with “0” on the clock giving Eufaula the win.

2021-01-19 Boys BB Opelika – Eufaula
2021-01-19 Boys BB Opelika – Eufaula